What Should You Wear to Bed?

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There are few times better than bedtime. You’ve spent a long day keeping busy, have washed your face, brushed your teeth, set your alarm, and now you’re ready to slumber. But wait, did you know that what you wear to bed has a more significant impact on your sleep quality than you thought?

It’s true: what you wear to bed matters. Certain clothes restrict your breathing and circulation, and may even inhibit how well your body produces melatonin, the hormone that helps us drift off. Fortunately, there are plenty of great, health-conscious bedclothes you can wear that offer maximum comfort without skimping on style.

Today we’ll be focusing on the kinds of fabrics you should wear to bed instead of the style of bedclothes. Pajamas, T-shirts, and nightgowns can all be great options as long as they’re loose-fitting. Loose-fitting bed clothes give you more breathing room and let the blood flow throughout your body. Moreover, ladies especially should wear loose-fitting bottoms to bed; this promotes good health and hygiene and will help avoid any nasty infections down the road.

And with that being said, let’s get to it!


It’s hard to go wrong in cotton clothes. Not only is this fabric super breathable and lightweight, but it’s also soft to the touch and makes for some seriously comfy bedclothes. Just remember to bring some extra blankets to bed if you decide to wear cotton during the winter. It doesn’t insulate very well, so it could make you feel more chilly than you want.


Unlike its cotton cousins, silk is an excellent thermoregulator. What this means is that silk will keep you fresh in the summer and warm in the winter. On top of this, silk is a non-irritating fabric, meaning it’s one of the best choices for sleepers with sensitive skin. However, anything silk is usually a bit pricey, and you’ll need to dry clean silk as well. If you have the time and money, though, we highly recommend sleeping in silk.


Flannel calls to mind chilly autumn and winter nights spent nice and cozy in bed. Fortunately, flannel is pretty breathable, so you won’t have to worry about getting too warm under the covers. Consider investing in flannel bed sheets if you’re looking to maximize warmth and breathability while you sleep. They might be the X factor your bed needs for the colder months.

Moisture-wicking clothes

Not all sweat glands are created equal, as anyone who frequently wakes up in a subtle sheen of sweat will tell you. However, you can curb night sweats by wearing bedclothes of moisture-wicking fabric. This particular kind of material draws moisture away from the body, ensuring a dry and comfortable night’s sleep.

As you can see, there are plenty of great, affordable sleep attire options available. It all comes down to your personal preferences and the kind of sleeping experience you want. Thanks for reading and sweet dreams!

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